Summertime is travel time for many people. Load up the family and take a trip somewhere.
I spent at least two weeks every summer in the back seat of my parent’s car looking out the window. “Getting there was half the fun” was my Dad’s motto. I’m glad we traveled that way actually. Despite the lack of air conditioning, it was a wonderful way to learn about our great nation. Some of our earlier travels were accomplished before the entire Interstate Highway System was completed. So lots of hours twisting and turning across the country. Once my older brothers finished their college and military careers the western US became our target. Colorado, Texas, finally California. We never flew anywhere, except one trip to Boston for a cousin’s wedding. Since we drove, we always knew where our luggage was at. In the trunk. The cooler was next to me in the back seat. It held the afternoons lunch, a couple cold sodas, and Dad’s “Cold One” for that night.
Many people like to spent less time getting there and more time there, where ever there is. Those people like to fly. Those people miss a lot of scenery flying by at 65 miles per hour. Those people also are never really sure where their luggage is either. Sure, it’s supposed to be in the bottom of the plane flying along with you. But, as all of us that have ever flown know, that is not always the case. Sometimes your luggage is lost. You have no idea where your change of clothes and favorite shampoo is any longer.
Airbus, the same people that make many of the planes we fly in, is now in the luggage business. They have a great idea. Called “Bag2Go” this luggage comes complete with GPS, RFID, and 2G mobile data capabilities. This suitcase will even sync with your smart phone so you can track your bag onto your plane! If your bag takes a wrong turn, you can track it’s location! The Bag2Go isn’t quite ready for the public yet so don’t go Googling it.
I just wonder how it’s gonna work since we the flying public aren’t supposed to have a cellphone transmitting once the plane starts moving. Will the flight attendants toss my bag off the plane for not following their instructions?